Absolute Rightlessness Sur Place through Excessive Externalisation – The Case of Libya

16 Pages Posted: 23 May 2019

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Adel-Naim Reyhani

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights

Date Written: April 20, 2019

Abstract

This paper explores the effect of European cooperation with Libyan actors to impede movements towards Europe on the legal status of asylum-seekers. For this purpose, it first offers a graduated typology of the Arendtian notion of rightlessness applied to the process of accessing asylum. Analysing a series of interrelated factors involved in the producing of rightlessness, it then concludes that the European strategy of excessive externalisation is transmuting the legal status of asylum-seekers trapped in Libya from relative to absolute rightlessness sur place.

Keywords: Rightlessness, Asylum, Libya, Externalisation, Humanitarianism, Deterrence

Suggested Citation

Reyhani, Adel-Naim, Absolute Rightlessness Sur Place through Excessive Externalisation – The Case of Libya (April 20, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3375300 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3375300

Adel-Naim Reyhani (Contact Author)

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights

Schottenstift
Vienna, A-1010
Austria

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